Black Sail Hostel

Black Sail Hostel, operated by YHA, is remote and accessible only on foot, it’s a unique rural retreat that lovers of the great outdoors can normally only dream about. I’ve often walked to the hostel, but have never stayed there. It is something I’ve contemplated on numerous occasions. Maybe I’ll get around to doing it at…

Magnificent, Yet Annoying

Living so close to the coast means that I see, and hear, squawking seagulls on the hunt for their next meal. The birds are so annoying, and yet up close are magnificent. Gulls are resourceful, inquisitive, and intelligent creatures. Gulls are highly adaptable feeders that opportunistically take a wide range of prey. The food taken by…

Burnmoor Tarn

Burnmoor Tarn, on Eskdale Fell in Cumbria, England, is one of the largest entirely natural tarns in the Lake District. Its waters flow into Whillan Beck at the tarn’s north-eastern corner, which immediately turns south and flows into Eskdale, joining the Esk at Beckfoot. Burnmoor Lodge, a former fishing lodge, stands by the southern shore…

Lung Training

Just like the 334 million people worldwide that have Asthma, I struggle to function at times. Asthma is a respiratory condition marked by attacks of spasm in the bronchi of the lungs, causing difficulty in breathing. It is usually connected to allergic reaction or other forms of hypersensitivity. These reactions cause the airways to become…

Early Morning Jog

It’s been a few days since my last outing following the excruciating pain in my back, and I think the break has done me the world of good. For this run, it was a 3am start, prior to heading into work – have I said I was keen, or nuts, or both? 🤣 This morning,…

Devoke Water

Devoke Water is a Tarn (mountain lake). It is a hidden gem. It is the largest tarn in the Lake District National Park. It lies on Birker Fell, 1 km to the west of the road between Ulpha and Eskdale, at an altitude of 770 feet (223 m). It has a depth of 46 ft…

Checking My BMI

The Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measurement that uses your height and weight to work out if your weight is healthy. I’ve been checking my BMI with a couple of tools on the web, and have found most are in the region of that quoted by the NHS. For most adults, an ideal BMI…

A Knife To The Back

I’m having to take a few days off jogging after enduring searing pain in my upper back. I’m quite used to individuals stabbing me there, but the pain this time was on a different level. The pain has been focused beneath my right shoulder blade. At first, I thought it might have been a stitch,…

Keekle Viaduct

In recent weeks, I have seen grumblings from locals that claim they can’t see Keekle Viaduct from the roadside because of trees. While it is true that the trees mask the splendid bridge, people seem to forget why they were planted: Trees were planted so that residents could enjoy a nature reserve on their doorstep….

Ennerdale Water

Ennerdale Water is the most westerly lake in the Lake District National Park in Cumbria, England. It is a glacial lake, with a maximum depth of 150 feet (45 metres), and is ½ mile to a mile (700 to 1,500 metres) wide and 2½ miles (3.9 kilometres) long. The lake lies in the eponymous valley…

Egremont Castle

The original castle at Egremont was built on a mound above the River Ehen on the site of a Danish fort following the conquest of Cumberland in 1092 by William II of England. The present castle was built by William Meschin, who founded the castle between 1120 and 1135. Further additions were made in the…

Meet Poppy

Yesterday, I wrote about my reluctant decision to leave my best friend at home on my next run, as I do think she has been struggling a little. Poppy turned eight this year. Her black coat in the heat, along with pounding the tarmac is probably the reasons as to why she has been finding…